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The Wife Drought review ☆ 0 í [Reading] ➶ The Wife Drought By Annabel Crabb – ‘I need a wife’It's a common joke among women juggling work and family But it’s not actually a joke Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a Godsend on the domestic front It’s a p ‘I need a wife’It's a common joke amoState of wife drought and there is no sign of rainBut why is the work and family debate always about women Why don’t men get the same flexibility that women do In our fixation on the barriers that face women on the way into the workplace do we forget about the barriers that – for men – still block the exits The Wife Drought is about women men family and work Written in Annabel Crabb’s inimitable style it’s ful. While I uite enjoyed reading Annabel's book and her writing style is excellent I don't feel like she has contributed anything new to the debate over who should do what work and why I've read fairly widely in this genre and while this book was one of the most entertaining it wasn't the most illuminating Annabel is an incredibly intelligent and articulate women I was secretly hoping she would present a radical solution to the problems women have once their trapped in the cycle of primary parenting and low paid workChoose a good husband who'll support your career ambitions look after the kids and do a fair share of the house work was the key takeaway I got from this book At this point in life with three kids already in the mix that's just as depressing as the rest of the statistics that show how much less I'll earn and how much housework I'll do

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‘I need a wife’It's a common joke among women juggling work and family But it’s not actually a joke Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a Godsend on the domestic front It’s a potent economic asset on the work front And it’s an advantage enjoyed – even in our modern society – by vastly men than womenWorking women are in an advanced The Wife ePUB #10003 sustained and chronically under reported. I have to admit to a massive girlie crush on Annabelle Crabb – to me she is an elegant swan gracefully delivering intelligent funny insights into politics with the suggestion of a flurry of activity happening behind the scenes especially knowing she has small children to manage as wellAlso my mother in law thinks she’s an awful smug bore so I naturally love her even Those who haven’t read than the blurb could be forgiven for thinking this book is all just a whinge about women’s rights and how men are terrible – and yet Crabb actually addresses the tired stereotypes of “weak women and awful men” Her central thesis is also just as vital for men – that the glorification of busy at the cost of family life is horrific for men and admitting this should be socially acceptableI personally found a lot resonating with my own situation having recently become a stay at home mother but with a partner who works away two weeks out of every four so I spend half the time as a single mother the other half with a house husband I also recommended this book to a friend of mine who doesn’t have a family but she does have a chronic illness that has kept her out of permanent employment and reuires careful negotiation of flexible work hours In a time when the term “feminism” has become a filthy concept by those who just don’t know the first thing about it or feel greatly threatened by its aims to bring out a book that actually advocates the change of lifestyle for both men and women is very braveAs I find with books about grand social phenomena written by journalists they are great observers and able to gather evidence together well into a thesis around raising awareness of issues but rarely about providing solutions This could be seen as a drawback to Crabb’s book – that she can diagnose issues but not necessarily suggest ways to treat them – or it could be seen as acknowledging that the issues are so broad and complex that the solutions have to come from policy makers employers cultural commentators individuals themselves etc and not necessarily from a journalistA lot of the material about gender and work is stuff I've heard before and I can understand people wanting to roll their eyes and shout Yes yes I knowBut it's the fact this stuff is STILL true and going on in 2014 that is the main point of this book and hopefully this book will become obsolete in the next ten years

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The Wife DroughtL of candid and funny stories from the author's work in and around politics and the media historical nuggets about the role of ‘The Wife’ in Australia and intriguing research about the attitudes that pulse beneath the surface of egalitarian AustraliaCrabb's call is for a ceasefire in the gender wars Rather than a shout of rage The Wife Drought is the thoughtful engaging catalyst for a conversation that's long overdue. Where do I start This book is insightful funny real intelligently written Just returning to work from mat leave after my second child I found this book refreshing inspiring framework to return to the workforce At every page I wanted to shout out 'yes exactly that's how I feel' And it's a wonderful feeling to know that many other working mums feel the same as I do And finally so nice to see a book be critically honest and open about the inadeuacies of menfamily life in the workplace Certainly a lot of stats information so not a 'beach holiday read' in that sense The only comment I would add is I felt is that there is a lot of commentary comparison of full time working mums vs part timenot working mums As a part time working mum with a very demanding role I felt somewhat defensive every time I was pushing into that category as in some ways I have the best worst of both worlds work expect me to be across everything as if I am full time home expects me to do the same as if I didn't work But I do have the opportunity to spend time with my kids in the week so that makes up for everything I'm sure one thing this book will do is open up a lot of conversations about work life family balance